Ocupress Side Effects

In clinical studies, the most common side effects seen with Ocupress included temporary eye irritation, watery eyes, and eye swelling. Some side effects of the drug (while occurring infrequently) are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately, including chest pain, difficulty breathing, and rapid weight gain.

An Introduction to Ocupress Side Effects

As with any medicine, Ocupress® (carteolol hydrochloride) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Ocupress. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Ocupress side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Ocupress

Ocupress has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects seen in a group of people taking the drug are documented. Based on these clinical trials, the most common side effects with Ocupress (occurring in about 25 percent of patients) included:
  • Temporary eye irritation
  • Burning
  • Watery eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Eye swelling.

Serious Side Effects

Some side effects with Ocupress, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:


    • Water retention
    • Swelling in the hands or feet
    • Rapid weight gain
    • Coughing
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Shortness of breath


  • Signs of an allergic reaction to the medication, such as:


    • An unexplained rash or hives
    • Itching (more than the usual itching related to eye allergies)
    • Unexplained swelling, especially of the mouth, lips, or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing.


Of course, any eye drop can cause problems (such as an eye infection) if it is contaminated, so be sure to avoid touching the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye. Report any signs of an eye infection (such as severe pain, swelling, or redness) to your healthcare provider right away.
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